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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-04-2008, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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strange wabble in the front axle

I dont know if any one has experienced this before, but this one is definetly strange.

I come home this morning from my weights class, and my car does something really funny, soon after speeding up and having to do a short but strong break due to some idiot cutting me off my steering wheel is wabbeling.... so I let go of the steering wheel to see what it does and it seems the tires are going back and forth on the front axle, sorta like when you loose control on a bicycle....

I grab abck on to the wheel and speed up a little, and it was gone. thinking back it has done something like that at least twice over the last week or so. Any clue what could cause that? maybe one of the break pads got something in it or closeses up a little on its own? I dont know, it kinda feels like the left front break is grabbing on slightly for a spilt second then letting go again just to grab back on after one or two rotations.... cant hear or see anything so thats just a uneducateted guess.

I have to add to that, that my allignment is off a little.... always has been since I baught the car. the car tilts to the left slightly on its on.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-04-2008, 01:44 PM
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I would check the tie rod ends swaybar links and the steering knuckle to start.
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It's an inner CV joint. Mine is doing the same thing. The inner drivers side cv joint has about a 1/4" play in it when I checked it. I think a reman shaft from your local Advance is about $60. I've still got to repair mine in the near future.
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You may have a broken steel belt in one of the tires. Feel the tires all the way around and see if there are any bumps or raised spots in it.

Second thing to check is warped rotors -- if the warp is minimal, heating up the rotors during heavy braking may have caused them to expand, increasing the amount of warp -- and causing your brakes and steering wheel to pulse... once they cooled down, the rotors contracted again and the warp decreased; making it smooth back out.

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well, I went to the MVD this morning to extend my registration and it got really bad on the way back, so I said screw it and went to AutoZone to see if they did break fluid checks or steering fluid... they dont but he said to go to one of the frame shops here to see if theres any loose parts or something.

Lucky me, the right tie rod is completely trashed... it makes a annoying sound just by moving the steering wheel slightly... go figure, you were right crypt keeper... anyone got some prices on that? that place were I went to didt even want to let me drive the car off the lot again, and make me tow it to where ever I wanted it to get fixed.... so I said screw it you do it... done by tomorrow, 59.95 for the rod, 59ish to get all 4 wheels aligned, 39ish when I get lucky and they have to do only 2... oh and 140 for 2 hours of work to change the rod... all together its around 300 and some change, sound reasonable?... well of course it doesnt if you are capable of doing it yourself which I clearly am not... there goes my exhaust money

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inner or outer?

Inner tierod bushing kits are 12$ for the pair, outter tierods are like 35$ a peice.
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hm... you know, I am not sure anymore if he ment the tierod or not... I looked it up and it seems they are in a different position.... elt me try differently, he told me to watch the right side behind the engine, there is a rubber tube that moves when you move the steering wheel.. I dont have a picture of it exactly but this is where it sits...

He called a bunch of places like NAPA too to see if they have that part and they all priced him from 55-89 bucks for that thing, and it didnt look like the tie rod oin the internet... nwo i am confused because i am pretty sure that is what he said
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rack and pinion inner-tie rod bushings are the "TERM" they referenced to!
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